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Contact precautions are steps that healthcare facility visitors and staff need to follow before going into a patient’s room. They help stop germs from spreading so other people don’t get sick. Contact precautions are for patients who have germs that can spread by touching the patient or surfaces in their room.
There will be a sign at the door. It tells healthcare facility visitors and staff what they need to do before going into the patient’s room and when they leave the room.
What should I do before visiting a patient on contact precautions?
Speak to a nurse before your first visit and before you bring children. There may be limits on who can visit the patient.
If you’re visiting a patient who has diarrhea, clean your hands with soap and water, not hand sanitizer, when you leave their room. If you’re not wearing a gown and gloves, start at step 4. If you’re wearing a gown and gloves:
A patient on contact precautions may leave their room only if necessary (for example, to go for a medical test).
To see this information online and learn more, visit MyHealth.Alberta.ca/health/pages/conditions.aspx?Hwid=custom.ab_isolation_contact_inst_adult.
Related to Contact Isolation Precautions
For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information call Health Link at 811.
Current as of: February 1, 2020
Author: Infection Prevention and Control, Alberta Health Services
Care instructions may be adapted by your healthcare provider. If you have questions about a medical condition or this instruction, talk with your doctor or appropriate healthcare provider.